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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Politics

The Romney Bunch: 1970

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The Romney Bunch: 1970

1970. "Lenore Romney, wife of former Michigan governor George Romney, campaigning for U.S. Senate throughout Michigan. Includes Romney walking with son Mitt and young supporters in downtown Escanaba." Photos by Douglas R. Gilbert for the Look magazine article "Lenore Fights Alone." View full size.

Underdog: 1952

Underdog: 1952

1952. Motorcade to nowhere: Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in San Francisco. Photo by Bob Lerner for Look magazine. View full size.

 

The Senator: 1929

The Senator: 1929

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

October 1, 1929. The new crack train from Washington to Boston was inspected today by members of the Massachusetts State Society. Harry Carr of the Pennsylvania R.R. was host. Left to right: Wm. T. Simpson, Treasurer; Frank E. Hicks, Vice Pres.; Mrs. Proctor L. Daugherty; Geo. R. Farnum, Pres. and Assistant Attorney General of the United States; Geo. A. Hornan, Secretary; and Chas. A. Bauman.

Circa 1929 at Washington's Union Station, it's the Senator. Which senator, maybe someone out there knows. Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

The Inauguration: 1913

The Inauguration: 1913

March 4, 1913. "Inauguration of Woodrow Wilson as 28th President of the United States." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Red Scare: 1919

Red Scare: 1919

June 1919. "Palmer house after bomb explosion." The shattered facade of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer's house at 2132 R Street NW after the June 2 blast. The only casualty was anarchist Carlo Valdinoci, blown to bits when the dynamite-packed suitcase he was putting under the front steps exploded prematurely. A search by the police "revealed only fragments of the body of the dead man," the Washington Post reported. "A part of a shattered leg clothed in a red sock and a garter, and a mutilated head were picked up. Several spinal vertebrae were discovered in a front room on the second floor of the Swedish legation on the opposite side of the street." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Capper of Kansas: 1924

Capper of Kansas: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Senator Capper of Kansas." Arthur Capper, a printer and newspaper editor by profession, in the composing room of the Government Printing Office. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

The Voting Line: 1924

The Voting Line: 1924

November 4, 1924. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "In line to vote." Have we all done our civic duty? National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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